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Mini Modules storytelling CDs are collections of materials that exemplify some of the principles that underpin this website.
They are self-contained units of work that support teachers as well as learners; they are based around a simple story and contain multisensory materials that should suit a wide range of learning styles. The range of activities allows for repetition of key elements. At the same time, they are sufficently flexible for teachers to use them in whatever way they see fit, at any level, and with learners of all abilities.
There are two collections of resources: The Week before Christmas and Please can I have a Pet?, each in five language versions. Descriptions of the two discs are given below. They can be obtained from firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE WEEK BEFORE CHRISTMAS
The storyline centres on the weather on each of the days leading up to December 25th, and Santa's need for snow.
Each module contains:
Teacher's Notes This is a pdf file containing the text of the story, a list of all the items in the module and some suggestions about how teachers might want to use them, and some advice on story telling.
Power Point presentation The story presented as a series of seven brightly coloured pictures, narrated by a native speaker of the language (.ppt and .pptx versions provided)
Resource Bank containing a range of materials to print out and use with students, including: A4 and A5 story books ready to print out (these contain the text of the story, black and white illustrations, and a small 'revision' section containing reminders of days of the week and weather expressions); things to make (files to print off and use with students.)
Picture Bank containing: Black and white and colour versions of the images used in the presentation; illustrations for revising weather expressions.
Sound Bank containing MP3 files: the whole story narrated by a native speaker, and a series of practice clips teachers can use, if necessary, to help them prepare to tell the story themselves.
PLEASE CAN I HAVE A PET?
This story is about choosing a pet and the pros and cons of different animals. It aims to take pupils beyond expressing likes and dislikes and on to making choices and giving reasons for them.
Each module contains:
Teacher's Notes A pdf file containing the text of the story, a list of all the items in the module and some suggestions about how teachers might want to use them, and some advice on storytelling.
Power Point presentation This presents the story as a series of twelve brightly coloured pictures, narrated by a native speaker of the language (.ppt and .pptx versions provided)
Resource Bank containing materials to print out and use with pupils, including: A5 story book containing the text of the story with black and white illustrations to colour in, and a glossary; comic version with minimal language; picture and text cards for use in language practice activities; creative activities involving craft and role play. Picture Bank containing black/white and colour versions of the images used in the presentation and llustrations for use in making your own new materials.
Sound Bank containing MP3 files: the whole story narrated by a native speaker; a series of practice clips teachers can use, if necessary, to prepare to tell the story themselves.
LANGUAGES – Each CD was produced in French, German, Spanish, Italian and English.
LEVELS – Resources have been selected for use with learners from early Primary to early Secondary, and even as support for senior pupils working with younger learners.
FURTHER INFORMATION – from email@example.com from whom copies can also be obtained.
Some advice on using storytelling as a teaching strategy with younger students.
With older students, writing their own stories can be motivating but challenging. Here is a way to build writing skills progressively by working collaboratively, first with the teacher, then in groups, and finally alone.
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